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The Black & White Ball
Helen Day Art Center's 28th Annual Benefit

An Elegant Evening of Chance.

April 29, 2017
Stowe Mountain Lodge, 5pm

black tie optional

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2016 Gala pinterestOur 2017 Gala promises to be an elegant and exciting evening. We will continue our tradition of Live and Silent Auctions that offer sought-after and exclusive items and experiences, as well as our Art Auction featuring renown artists for which the Art Center has become known.

In addition to the auctions this year and back by popular demand, we will have a handful of casino tables for your entertainment. This is your chance to get dolled up in your finest attire, and we invite guests to dress on theme in black and white. The annual Helen Day Gala continues to be the premiere event in Stowe that showcases our community’s love of the arts and sophisticated culture.  



> Helen Day Supporters Honored

> Click here to view photos from the evening courtesy of Erica Allen Studio




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2017 Auctioneer: Gabriela Palmieri

Gabriela Palmieri is an independent art specialist and auctioneer specializing in Post War and Contemporary Art. Up until 2016 she had a distinguished career at Sotheby's assuming various roles, including Head of both Contemporary Art Day and Evening Auctions culminating in the role as Chairman, Contemporary Art, Americas. Under her direction, Sotheby’s May 2008 Day Sale realized $107.8 million, the record total for a Day Sale at any auction house at the time. She was responsible for securing consignments in addition to managing key client relationships for Contemporary Art collectors. In this role, she was responsible for the prestigious Ahead of the Curve: The Sender Collection sale in May 2014 at Sotheby’s, which sold in excess of $83,000,000. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Palmieri received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History cum laude at Boston College in 1997, and she achieved her Master ofArts and advanced to PhD standing at the University of Chicago in the discipline of Art History.Gabriela Palmieri.

Photo J Grassi/Patrickmcmullan.com


 Music by DJ Luis Calderin

calderonMusic has always been a gigantic part of my life. I’ve dj’d, hosted and emceed events for over 20 years. From concerts to house parties, radio shows to mixtapes, my goal has always been simple; ensure the soundtrack I’m creating allows my audience to have the time of their lives. I play and explore just about all genres of music and try not to pigeonhole myself to any specific category.

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Photography by Erica Allen

I was born in Southern Vermont, to a mother who could find a treasure at any flea market and a father who turned hats out of wood. Creating seemed inevitable in my family, remarkable or not, we all, my three siblings included, derived pleasure from the process. Whether giving birth to my daughters, Francis and Coco, returning to my Vermont roots after 10 years in NYC or capturing a moment in time through a lens, life is about moving forward to become better and to create along the way. The power of a camera and the eternity of a photo, allow us to hold onto time. Today I find my inspiration from youth and food. They go hand and hand I suppose.


Left: Vanessa Violette and Giulia Eliason, former Gala Chairs, photographed by Erica Allen. 0 spacer

Featured Artwork

Idoline Duke

Idoline Duke is an artist inspired by the ocean and water in general whose work reflects the longing and tension of a landlocked soul.

After practicing art intermittently for more than twenty years -punctuated by raising a family, a professional career in landscape design, and three years as a curator- Duke returned to the studio in force in the summer of 2009. Working primarily in watercolor and mixed media on paper, her subject matter ranges from specimen studies of ocean creatures to stunning abstractions driven by her love of water and sky. 

A few of her pieces display her awareness of the impending environmental debacle, her work is more celebration than editorial news when it comes to 70% of the planet. Engulfing blues, earthy oranges, and cool grays flood her abstract work. As a viewer, you have taken the plunge into the deep and are looking up through liquid layers of glory at the light above.

Dorothy Simpson Krause

 Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books.

Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative, with Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists.

In July 1997, Krause organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and was an artist-in-residence there for 21 days. For that work she and her colleagues received a Smithsonian/ Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award. That same year, she worked with a group of curators to help them envision the potential of digital printmaking in “Media for a New Millennium” a work-tank/ think-shop organized by the Vinalhaven Graphic Arts Foundation.

In 2000 Krause received a Kodak Innovator Award and in June 2001, with Digital Atelier, she demonstrated digital printmaking techniques at the opening of the Brooklyn Museum of Art 27th Print National, Digital: Printmaking Now. In 2004 she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, in 2007 she was Von Hess Visiting Artist at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and in 2012 she was the first Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence at Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Since 2012 she has been an Artist in Residence on Oceania Cruise Lines.

Krause is the author of Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books, (North Light, 2009), and co-author with Lhotka and Schminke of Digital Art Studio: Techniques for combining inkjet printing with traditional art materials, (Watson-Guptil, 2004).




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